The Common Good
January-February 1997

It's a Small World After All

by Aaron McCarroll Gallegos | January-February 1997

The National Labor Committee, the group that linked Kathie Lee Gifford's clothing line with sweatshops, is now looking into Disney's production of children's clothing in a Burmese assembly ...

The National Labor Committee, the group that linked Kathie Lee Gifford's clothing line with sweatshops, is now looking into Disney's production of children's clothing in a Burmese assembly plant.

According to the Committee, "Fifty cents of every $1 earned producing the 'Mickey and Co.' label at the Yangon factory flows back directly into the pockets of the Burmese military." Disney officials have announced that their licensee in Burma is pulling out.

Concerns about human rights and international consumer pressure have led many companies to withdraw from Burma, including Amoco, Liz Claiborne, Eddie Bauer, and Heineken. Massachusetts recently passed a law restricting the state from doing business with companies with ties in Burma, hoping to pressure the military junta to restore democracy in the country.

Research for this article contributed by Sandy Maben.

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